The following questions were asked on IELTS tests (General training) held in Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia in January 2012. It looks like the same questions were asked in both countries.
Listening IELTS test in Sri Lanka
The first part of the listening test was a piece of conversation between a lady who wanted to move to a new house and a company engaged in packing and moving household items. The company representative asked the lady her name, address, the date when she wants to move, insurance cover etc.
Questions were of the gap fills type.
A student and his teacher were heard discussing his presentation on subjects like mathematics, music, arts etc. The questions were about the limitations and advantages of different methods of teaching.
Questions: table completion.
A female teacher was giving a speech about making presentations.
Questions: multiple choice, True / False / Not Given.
A specialist was heard talking about the different TV and movie programs coming next week.
IELTS Reading test
Passage 1 was about contemporary and historical building in an Australian city.
Questions: label pictures, answer in no more than 3 words
Passage 2 was about disputes, the process of claiming, hearing, appealing etc.
Questions: map labeling, filling in blanks.
Passage 3 was about the Australia quarantine system.
Questions: True/False/Not given, answer in no more than 3 words.
Passage 4 was about a rock band from Norway, their early beginnings, their 4 albums, last movie they made and also critic’s opinions about them.
Questions: True/False/Not given, answer in no more than 3 words, choose the right answer
Writing task 1 (a letter)
You are a college student who is required to visit a company of your choice to do some research. Write a letter to the manager of the company explaining
Why you want to visit the company
Why you chose this particular company
If any special arrangements are needed
Writing Task 2 (an essay)
Many shops are now open for 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Some people believe that it is a good thing, while others don’t. Compare both views from the point of view of customers, shop workers and the whole society.